COVID-19: New vaccines recommendation for 16 and 17-year-olds within the UK set to be issued in coming days – Sturgeon | Politics Information

Up to date recommendation on coronavirus vaccines for 16 and 17-year-olds throughout the UK is ready to be issued within the coming days, Nicola Sturgeon has stated.

The primary minister revealed the information as she delivered her newest COVID-19 replace to the Scottish Parliament.

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“We hope to obtain within the subsequent few days up to date recommendation from the JCVI [Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation] on attainable vaccination of others within the youthful age teams,” she stated.

“And we stand able to implement any suggestions as quickly as attainable.”

Later in proceedings, Ms Sturgeon stated: “We’re ready on JCVI recommendation. Once I say ‘we’, I’m clearly referring to the Scottish Authorities, however the UK, Welsh and Northern Irish governments are in the identical place.”

She added: “First, as a precedence, I’m notably hopeful that we are going to see up to date suggestions for 16 and 17-year-olds.

“I hope for – probably veering in the direction of anticipating – up to date recommendation from the JCVI within the subsequent day or so.”

A Division of Well being spokesperson stated: “We proceed to maintain the vaccination of youngsters and younger folks underneath overview and will likely be guided by the recommendation of the impartial Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.”

The JCVI is known to be within the means of finalising its up to date recommendation, which will likely be supplied to the federal government and the devolved administrations in the end.

A child is given the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in the US. Pic: AP
It was introduced final month that clinically susceptible kids and people residing with at-risk adults will likely be supplied a vaccine. Pic: AP

In keeping with each the Day by day Mail and Day by day Telegraph, this can occur on Wednesday.

Labour’s shadow well being secretary Jonathan Ashworth stated: “With the JCVI apparently about to provide the inexperienced mild to vaccinating 16-year-olds, ministers want to make sure plans are in place to roll out this very important subsequent stage of vaccination whereas guaranteeing dad and mom have all of the info and knowledge they want.”

It was introduced final month that clinically susceptible kids and people residing with at-risk adults will likely be supplied a vaccine – however most youngsters wouldn’t.

The JCVI advisable that kids “at an elevated threat of significant COVID-19 illness” ought to be supplied a jab.

In consequence, kids aged between 12 and 15-years-old with extreme neurodisabilities, Down’s syndrome, immunosuppression and a number of or extreme studying disabilities are being supplied the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

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Kids in the identical age vary who stay with an immunosuppressed individual are additionally being supplied a vaccine, together with wholesome kids who’re lower than three months away from their 18th birthday.

On the time, vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi stated: “We can even ask the JCVI to contemplate rolling out vaccines to all kids and younger folks over the age of 12 and though we’re not taking this step right this moment, the JCVI is retaining this matter underneath overview and they are going to be extra information because it turns into accessible – particularly on kids with a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.”

This was echoed by Well being Secretary Sajid Javid, who stated the JCVI would “think about whether or not to advocate vaccinating under-18s with out underlying well being situations at a future date”.

The Medicines and Healthcare merchandise Regulatory Company final month permitted the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for 12 to 15-year-olds.

The jab was permitted to be used within the UK for 16 and 17-year-olds in December.

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